- The definition of calumny is a lie or the act of saying a lie that is intended to be hurtful.
An example of a calumny is for a reporter to print a bad story about a businessman without a reliable source.
- a false and malicious statement meant to hurt someone's reputation
- the uttering of such a statement; slander
Origin of calumnyFrench calomnie ; from Classical Latin calumnia, trickery, slander ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kēl-, an unverified form kol-, to deceive, confuse from source Old English hol, slander
- A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.
- The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.
Origin of calumnyMiddle English calumnie, from Old French calomnie, from Latin calumnia, from calvī, to deceive.
Middle French calomnie, from Latin calumnia (“slander”), perhaps from calvor (“I deceive”).